Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I wanted to develop the skills to be able to make a positive change in families who are struggling, pursuing a graduate degree where I get to research how to better support parents so they can better support children's development is the perfect place to start. With the knowledge and skills I will gain throughout this program, I will be able to support families through clinical work, through research, and by advocating for mental health support.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
Once I met a Amori Mikami I was sold on UBC and joining her lab; her research interests and motivation align with my own. Further, the clinical psychology program is highly regarded and I knew it would allow me to pursue my interests and achieve my goals.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
The clinical psychology program trains graduate students to become excellent researchers and also provides exemplary clinical training so that students can become registered psychologists. This combination is ideal for my goals, as I would like to pursue clinical work and have solid research skills to support the work I will do in the future.
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
The other graduate students in the program have been amazing. I have been able to meet so many great people, develop friendships, and learn the importance of life beyond work/academia. My peers have undoubtedly made my experience at UBC a positive one, and I am forever thankful.
What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?
Before getting into psychology and research, I completed my Bachelor of Social Work and was able to work in the community with youth and families. This work continually motivates me to work on my research and clinical skills so that I can provide the best treatment and support to families in the future.
What advice do you have for new graduate students?
Balance. Your own mental health is so important, taking care to look after yourself, spend time with friends, and let go of the imperfections amid the demands of graduate school is key to making it through.